The heat is o-on!
Yes, you can say that. We’ve had a gruesomely hot and humid weekend where I live.
The temps have reached 98 F (37C), and when you add the heat index to it it’s been 104F (40C).
It’s been a HOT summer here so far.
For over a month now the temperatures have never dipped below 90F (32C), and that trend seems to continue.
No relief what so ever.
And, August is just around the corner. August is notorious for its hot and humid conditions here in the DC-area.
I’m going to brace myself and thank higher powers for our AC-system!
Peter and I ventured out for a local hike early Saturday morning though!
We were out at the crack of dawn, heading for a local trail. One has to drive to said trailhead, that drive takes about five minutes.
ON the way to this trail I spotted a car parked next to a sign that looked like another trail-system. Hmmm … what was THAT???
We have been driving on this road a thousand times. In both directions.
And, I have never ever-- until now-- spotted this sign.
So, we decided to investigate this.
We parked next to the car that was already there, hiked into the woods and found the trailhead.
The trail is part of a huge trail system in Fairfax County named Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail.
We’ve hiked on parts of this trail several times in the past.
BUT, we had NO idea about this very part.
And, what a find!!
IT was so beautiful. It made me SO happy.
And, it is so strange that I have been living here for 20 years without even knowing that this system exists.
Really, I thought I knew almost every walking path and wooded trail in my part of Reston. But, obviously I do not.
As soon as the weather gets more tolerable, Peter and I will head out exploring this part of the GCCCT again. We’ll bring our back packs and make a day of it. Yes, it is that long.
Anyway, this find made us both so happy.
There is a whole n'other trail system in our back yard that we did not know existed! What a beautiful, random find!
And it was so quiet and so serene despite being in the middle of suburbia.
Another plus, there were so VERY few people on it! Love, love, love!!!
The trail hugs the Little Difficult Run Stream.
SO pretty! Yes, one actually felt like jumping into the water!
Lots of ferns in the woods!
And, someone actually uses it for fun. We found this swing.
There is not a lot of water in the stream now. It's been a while since we've had a good rain.
Me by Little Difficult Run. This pic is funny, and it looks almost warped. I look like I am photoshopped into it. I AM NOT!! This photo is not fixed with WHATSOEVER. It just looks kind of strange, haha.
Sometimes you'll have to jump on rocks in order to cross the stream. One has to be careful since the rocks can be slippery and not that stable.
At times you're hiking close to houses, but you can hardly see them in the woods. YOU are in suburbia even if it might not look like you are.
The hike takes you thru valleys and streams.
I'll never get tired of this.
Other than that, it’s been some hanging on the deck. Good drinks (I make myself an Aperol Spritz every Friday and Saturday nowadays). And yes, a fan on the deck is a must.
However, on Saturday night it was way too hot eating out there. SO after we’ve grilled our meat we ventured inside to enjoy it in the blessed chill of the AC.
It really was THAT painful being outside fan and all.
Also, we have moved out of our bedroom on the third floor and down to our guest room in the basement. We’ll stay there until this enormous heat wave has passed …
An Aperol Spritz for me and a summer beer for Peter.
I hope you all had a good weekend in every way.
Have a good summer Tuesday!!